Mr. Stillman's Opus

Mr. Stillman's Opus

Financial and retirement guidance from John Stillman, founder of Rosewood Wealth Management. Serving Durham, Chapel Hill, and the rest of the Triangle. Make sure your finances are designed to deliver you a harmonious retirement.... Show More

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January 6, 2021 37 min

Jonie & Meme Neddo were a young, interracial couple in rural Tennessee at a time when interracial dating in rural Tennessee wasn't exactly encouraged. This is their story about how they parted ways in 1980 and found their way back to each other more than 25 years later.

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October 20, 2020 27 min

Kathy Pittman lost her husband to a brain tumor when her daughters were just 6 and 4. In this episode, she shares her story--dealing with her grief, trying to make ends meet financially, and raising two girls alone.

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September 29, 2020 26 min

Jay Campbell is a client of Rosewood Wealth Management who--back in 2003--argued a case before the Supreme Court, representing a group of West Virginia coal miners in the case Doe v. Chao. At a time when the Supreme Court is getting lots of attention from lots of folks, Jay shares his behind-the-scenes story of how the Court really works.

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September 8, 2020 24 min

Larry Falivena is a client of Rosewood Wealth Management who has been battling ALS for the last several years. He joins John Stillman in studio to discuss the disease, the emotional and financial effects on his family, and the nationwide tour of all 30 Major League ballparks that he went on last year in an effort to raise funds and awareness.

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Almost everyone will feel the some effects from the new SECURE Act. Some more immediately than others, but in the grand scheme almost everyone will be affected. Ron and I will help you tackle the new rules as we discuss the two most important components: the changes in stretch IRAs and the new RMD age. The most important thing to keep in mind is communicating with your family about the changes from an estate planning standpoint. Do...

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November 20, 2019 14 min

There are actually a lot of principles from the personal training and fitness world that we can apply to retirement planning. Let's explore some similarities and learn how to increase our level of financial fitness. 

Get the full show notes for this episode at http://mrstillmansopus.com

On This Episode: 

  • 1:53 - Coaches and Trainers
  • 5:28 - Specific Goals and Training Plans
  • 7:57 - Good Habits and Crunches in the Kitchen
  • 10:52 - T...
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    November 6, 2019 13 min

    If you're heading out on a road trip, there's a long checklist of items that you want to be sure you haven't forgotten. And in retirement planning, some of those exact same items need to be addressed. Let's look at some of the items that should appear on both your road trip checklist and your retirement planning checklist. 

    Get the full show notes by visiting http://mrstillmansopus.com

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    October 23, 2019 12 min

    If you take a close look at most folks' financial situations, you'll find that it's almost scandalous how badly their financial matters have been handled. Let's talk about  the steps people should take to create a scandal-free retirement. 

    On this episode: 

  • 1:41 - Impeach Consumer Debt
  • 3:51 - Stop the Leaks in your Budget
  • 6:03 - Obstruct Your Catastrophic Market Losses
  • 8:39 - Collude with a Good Advis...
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    October 2, 2019 14 min

    What does tennis have to do with retirement? Probably more than you would think. We pulled three aspects to tennis that relate to retirement planning to help you understand the strategy a little better. 

    1. The court is different for singles versus doubles.

    2. Certain players excel on a particular playing surface.

    3. Holding serve is important. 

    So sit back and let us serve up some retirement analogies so you can ace your inves...

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    September 18, 2019 14 min

    We all have one. You can usually find it in the kitchen in one of the bottom drawers. It's that place where we toss rubber bands, paper clips, batteries, chip clips, and any other random item we don't have any other place for. It's our junk drawer and we'd rather avoid it then trying to get it organized. Believe it or not, our financial portfolio has a junk drawer filled with old 401(k) plans, old life insurance pla...

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    There are many similarities between planning for retirement and a game of chess. In this episode, John makes the comparison by explaining which investment option is each chess piece on the board and how they can be used to maneuver you through the game of retirement. 

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    August 13, 2019 13 min

    Remember your senior yearbook that included superlatives like 'Most Popular' and 'Class Clown'? Well, we're taking that idea and applying it to the financial world by picking out the investment options that are 'Most Overrated', 'Most Underrated', 'Most Popular', and 'Most Likely to Disappoint.' 

    Check out the show notes by clicking here

    Today's rundown:

    [1:03] – Class Su...

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    July 18, 2019 11 min

    Most people have a basic knowledge of Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) but few understand how they pertain to IRAs and 401ks, as well as the intricate timing details that are essential to preparing to withdrawal for tax payments. For a better understanding of the best times to withdrawal as well as avoiding penalties, join John and Ron as they discuss a letter Ron recently received shortly after a big birthday.

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    May 9, 2019 12 min

    If you think about it, planning for retirement is a bit like going to the grocery store. You need to know what you need, you need to know what you're paying, and at times, you need to purchase the more expensive product. These are just a few of the similarities. Join us as we unpack this analogy and help you shop for a meaningful retirement.

    Click the link for more in-depth reading in a recent blog post: https://mrstillmansopu...

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    March 29, 2019 9 min

    We often see people justifying their poor financial decisions by making excuses. We'll identify these excuses and explain why they lead to poor judgement.

    Click the link for more in-depth reading in a recent blog post: https://mrstillmansopus.com/retirement/four-dangerous-excuses/

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    March 15, 2019 11 min

    March Madness is upon us, and everyone's excited for the upsets, buzzer beaters, and Cinderella stories. As a fan, it's an emotional time of year, and believe it or not, March Madness can teach us a thing or two about retirement.

    Click the link for more in-depth reading in a recent blog post: https://mrstillmansopus.com/lifestyle/lessons-from-march-madness/

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    March 6, 2019 10 min

    Our clients often ask us whether they should accelerate their house payments in order to pay off their house early. Join us as we explore the pros and cons of this strategy.

    Click the link for more in-depth reading in a recent blog post: https://mrstillmansopus.com/real-estate/this-ones-on-the-house/

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    November 14, 2018 10 min

    We're living longer than ever, and of course, that's a good thing. However, longevity presents its own challenges. John explains.

    Click the link for more in-depth reading in a recent blog post: https://mrstillmansopus.com/retirement/longevity-risk/

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    October 23, 2018 12 min

    This time of year, you can find football on TV almost every night of the week. Let's take some concepts from the gridiron and apply them to retirement.

    Click the link for more in-depth reading in a recent blog post: https://mrstillmansopus.com/retirement/retirement-gridiron/

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    October 9, 2018 9 min

    On this edition of the podcast, we’ll share with you three tax tips. Specifically, we’ll help you avoid making three crucial tax mistakes.

    Click the link for more in-depth reading in a recent blog post: https://mrstillmansopus.com/retirement/three-tax-tips/

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